...To enter, however, into all the virtues of the Saint, whose Life is now for the first time presented in the English language, would be only anticipating what the readers will discover for themselves. Suffice it, therefore, to say that, numerous and beautiful as they were, they might be summed up in her jealous observance of the Gospel Counsels, and these, in turn, reduced to her love of the Cross and Jesus Crucified.
May the following pages, though imperfectly rendered from the original language, more and more convince the devout reader that there is no other way to happiness here and hereafter than the Royal Way of the Cross, no other means whereby to attain sanctity and perfection here and glory hereafter than by reproducing in ourselves the image of Jesus Crucified: "Heirs indeed of God, and co-heirs with Christ : yet so if we suffer with Him, that we may be glorified with Him (Rom. viii. 17).
Feast of St. Frances of Rome, 1878.
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